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Undine

Frederich de La Motte-Fouqué

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Undine is a novel by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué in which Undine, a water spirit, marries a knight named Huldebrand in order to gain a soul. The novel served as inspiration for two operas in the romantic style by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and Albert Lortzing, respectively, and two ballets: the nineteenth century Ondine and the twentieth century Undine. An edition of the book was illustrated by Arthur Rackham. In The Fantastic Imagination, George MacDonald writes, “Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale … of all fairytales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .cried the fisherman to her, unable to utter another word: and at the same time he stretched out his arms far over the rushing stream toward her, and nodded his head as if to promise the fulfilment of her request, and as he did this, his white hair fell strangely over his face, and reminded Huldbrand of the nodding white man in the forest. Without allowing himself, however, to grow confused by such an idea the young knight took the beautiful girl in his arms, and bore her over the narrow passage which the stream had forced between her little island and the shore.

The old man fell upon Undine's neck and could not satisfy the exuberance of his joy; his good wife also came up and caressed the newly-found in the heartiest manner. Not a word of reproach passed their lips; nor was it thought of, for Undine, forgetting all her waywardness, almost overwhelmed her foster-parents with affection and fond expressions.

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Can yayınlarının geçtiğimiz yıl yayınlamaya başladığı gotik-romantik serisine başlayabildim sonunda, ve ilk olarak seçimimi J.R.R Tolkien'in Yüzüklerin Efendisi'ne esin kaynağı olan Der Zauberring'in (sihirli yüzük...more

This is a good rendition of supernatural themes. A lot of people would have taken a comic turn to it, but the author proposes something more serious.

Çok güzel bir hikayeydi etkiledi beni bayağı :)
Bir gün bir balıkçı adam ve karısının kız bebekleri göl kenarında kaybolur ve akşama 3-4 yaşlarında çok güzel, sarışın bir kız üzerinden sular damlayarak kapılarında belirir ve bu aile kızı manevi çocukları olarak kabul ederler. İlerleyen yıllarda b...more

Durch einen Spukwald, der die Zivilisation vom elementaren Naturraum trennt, gerät Ritter Huldbrand zu einem alten Fischerehepaar und ihrer Ziehtochter Undine. Fasziniert von der wilden, unkonventionellen Undine, verliebt sich Huldbrand in die Kindfrau, die von ihrem Vater, einem Wasserfürsten, i...more

I heard this described as a true fairytale. Intrigued, I read it and was not disappointed. A tragic tale of an elemental who seeks to gain a soul through unconditional love and marriage to a human. ( A handsome Knight of course) This book caters to all aspects of a true fairytale; a subtle yet re...more

Yazılan metinden eserin 1810'lu yıllarda yazıldığını anlamak çok zor, aşka dair harikulade bir anlatı. Aradan yıllar geçmesine rağmen ikinci okuyuşumda, sonraki sayfada gelecek bazı diyalogları kelimesi kelimesine hatırlayınca (ki bu benim gibi unutkan birisi için mucizedir) kitabın benim için ne...more

„I wept him to death.”

Ein wundersames sinnliches Märchen, das den dafür empfänglichen Leser mit einer melancholischen schönen Wassernymphe namens Undine bezaubert und ihn in eine Sprachwelt voller Poesie und romantischer Bilder entführt. Der Erzählrhythmus ist ganz nach dem Wesen des Wassers, das uns durch die gesamte...more

Even though I just finished this book yesterday, I feel the need to write my review quickly because it's a story that seems to slide out of my mind; when I would walk away from it and come back, it often took me a moment to reorient myself to this strange little story. Perhaps such slipperiness i...more

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